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Doc_J
09-26-2013, 06:04 AM
Just took delivery of a slightly used JazzBox tenor (spruce top with mahogany back/sides). It's a pretty interesting uke. The JazzBox tenor is an arched top and back. I've never had an archtop before, didn't know what to expect. The look, feel, and sound are to my liking. It has (what I believe) are Worth CT lowG strings (the non-wound G is Worth thing). While I think its terrific it might do better with a wound G, and maybe wound C, too.

Anyways here's some pics and quick sound sample with the Worth Low G strings. It has a super heavy duty custom case too.

Sound sample: https://app.box.com/s/s90c18x1o46p3692i8ca

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59156&d=1380159765
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59154&d=1380159691
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59160&d=1380159874
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59158&d=1380159825

caukulele
09-26-2013, 06:24 AM
Looks like a real beauty. Congratulations!

flyingace
09-26-2013, 06:27 AM
Gorgeous! and sounds great too!

paw123los
09-26-2013, 06:36 AM
Congrats ! It's great to see another jazz box in good hands. I love mine too.

Jim Hanks
09-26-2013, 06:54 AM
Looks great. Action looks super high though. Or is that optical illusion?

Doc_J
09-26-2013, 06:57 AM
Congrats ! It's great to see another jazz box in good hands. I love mine too.

Thanks Pawel.

I had to try one after listening to the wonderful video of you playing "Georgia on My Mind" on your Jazz Box tenor.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?81117-Georgia-on-My-Mind-solo-ukulele-arrangement


Looks great. Action looks super high though. Or is that optical illusion?

The action looks higher than it is. The playability is perfect for me.

paw123los
09-26-2013, 07:06 AM
Thanks Pawel.

I had to try one after listening to the wonderful video of you playing "Georgia on My Mind" on your Jazz Box tenor.


Great to hear that. Mine is opening up more and more every day ... It has that special bright spruce archtop sound which i like more and more everyday.
I'm sure you will spend a lot of great moment with this uke. Have you bought it from Toby directly ?
I was also thinkig about Low G strings on mine, but after a few weeks with high G Savarez strings I changed to high G D'Addario T2 and like it very much now.

PhilUSAFRet
09-26-2013, 10:20 AM
Love it. congrats.

CTurner
09-26-2013, 10:57 AM
Really deep and distinctive binding, top and bottom. Congratulations, Hodge, enjoy that sound!

Dan Uke
09-26-2013, 11:03 AM
That's cool. I would have thought it would be shorter sustain and brighter but it's the opposite.

AKuker
09-26-2013, 02:05 PM
Very cool! I never heard of these. And this one is really nice looking and sounding. Enjoy it!

Doc_J
09-26-2013, 03:44 PM
Great to hear that. Mine is opening up more and more every day ... It has that special bright spruce archtop sound which i like more and more everyday.
I'm sure you will spend a lot of great moment with this uke. Have you bought it from Toby directly ?
I was also thinkig about Low G strings on mine, but after a few weeks with high G Savarez strings I changed to high G D'Addario T2 and like it very much now.

Toby is fresh out of tenors. I got this one in the UU Marketplace from Jon. On mine the low G sounds good. I am thinking about switching to Savarez with low G. Pawel, yours sounds just right in reentrant. The maple may make a difference.

Doc_J
09-30-2013, 06:43 PM
Just put a wound Oasis 0.031 low G on the JazzBox. Sounds awesome, much better than before with the FC non-wound low G.
The first 3 strings are still Worths.

This really sings! Here's a sound sample.
https://app.box.com/s/3oirl8bpykgpkmxas46v

revyolution
09-30-2013, 07:36 PM
that's awesome... is it have a rounded fretboard..??

Doc_J
09-30-2013, 07:39 PM
that's awesome... is it have a rounded fretboard..??

Yes, it has a radiused fretboard.

Osprey
10-01-2013, 09:48 AM
Wow ! Great looking and sounding Ukulele. I am starting to fall in love with JazzBox Ukes. Now if only I hit the Powerball tomorrow night.

Cliff